Friday, August 10, 2007

So, you get audited and of course, you win, but you are T-I-R-E-D but feeling super that your audit is over. Little do you know, your IRS auditer who you thought was done ruining your life (at least for this year) is busy giving out his/her password to whoever asks (that slut!) and risking YOUR identity theft. Consider this the ultimate parting gift from the IRS. Whatever happened to the occasional gift bag?

Here are my favorite highlights to this article:

It's the third time since 2001 that IRS employees failed to protect passwords and follow security rules even after the agency provided extra training to workers to fix the problem.
"The corrective actions have not been effective," according to a report released by the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C.

"Employees either do not fully understand security requirements for password protection or do not place a sufficiently high priority on protecting taxpayer data in their day-to-day work."

"Despite repeated warnings, IRS workers continue to show reckless disregard for computer security," said Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who heads the Senate Finance Committee.

"Continued failure in this area is leaving millions of American taxpayers vulnerable to identity theft and other fraudulent schemes."

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